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CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
on how to avoid the "fiscal cliff." the news comes just three hours before the new year's deadline. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on where it all stands now. grace. >> reporter: late developments brian. this all coming together in the last several minutes. what we have just learned is that the senate will be voting tonight before midnight. that's the deadline and you can see we have a live look at the u.s. capital as of right now. we are also just hearing that the vice president is headed right here to the capital to brief senate democrats on the details of the deal that they will be voting on toinght. for individuals making more than 400,000 or households more than $450,000, their tax rates are expected to go up next year. for two million jobless americans, their unemployment benefits should be extended at least another year. and that so-called inheritance tax will go from 35 to 40%. but even with all these compromises, it is likely that most of us will be shelling out more cash to the irs come next year. >> you know, keep in mind that just last month republicans in congress said they
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm PST
cuts but at this point can we avoid the "fiscal cliff"? it is still possible but experts say with every passing hour it becomes more difficult. >> well, we're now at the last minute. the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> reporter: congressional leaders left the white house after trying to negotiate an 11th hour deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts that begin on january 1. the president emerged shortly after admitting no deal had been reached at least not yet. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over to the house and done in a timely fashion. >> reporter: the senate is in session today and is expected to return on sunday along with the house. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> reporter: but time is clearly running out for congress. s
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